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Connieaag
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Just curious. So far no problems with my daughter's line. Going into week 4. Thanks.
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Tracy9
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Hubby just had his pulled after seven months.

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garunner
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9 months, no problems.

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zil
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1 yr no problem. Got real tired of the shower routine. Protecting it.
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seibertneurolyme
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Hubby is probably going to have his replaced next month since he has met his insurance out-of-pocket amount for the year.

This is his longest PICC line ever -- has been in for 24 months on 11/1/09.

Most of his lines have lasted 12 months or so -- way back before he knew about hypercoagulation his first couple of lines only lasted a few weeks. He has had a line in continuously for 7 years now. Was hoping the current one would be his last, but he is still stuck doing IV Phenergan and some supportive things for now.

Bea Seibert

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Bea,

How did you find out that he had hypercoagulation? And what did you do for that? I'm curious, because I just had to have my PICC
line out after 5 months, as it sprung a leak.

But I had a LOT of on-going pain with it all along. Not sure if it was from spasms in the vein or vein irritation or what. How would hypercoagulation manifest? Thank you.

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I take 1 mg Coumadin every day to prevent blood clots.

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So does my daughter tracy. And she has a blood test every other week to check her coagulation levels.
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I'm on my second line. The first got a leak after 5 months. I've had this one for 10 months now.
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@Bea Why hasn't your husband gotten a port? Wouldn't that be much easier than dealing with a PICC for 7 years?

Wow. I think he is way more patient than I could be!!

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